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Agave Maria

Well, tequila lovers, the holidays are upon us and we’re hoping to keep our spirits bright by staying buzzed pretty much from right this minute until New Year’s Day.

As anyone who reads our liquor reviews regularly, you know our first test of any spirit we try is to sip it chilled and neat or on the rocks so we can truly taste its essence. So that was step one when we were sent a bottle of Cazadores Tequila Reposado to give a whirl in our glass.

What we loved most about this particular bottle was the subtle hints of vanilla, spice and an even subtler fruitiness that made it both well balanced and a smooth sipper. Rather than toss our glasses out the window to start drinking right from the bottle, we decided instead to try out a few of their holiday-specific cocktail recipes.

Here are three of our favorites (and the easiest to make with everyday ingredients):

Who needs elves when you have this Santa’s Helper?

Santa’s Helper

  • 1-1/2 oz. Cazadores Reposado
  • 3/4 oz. Agave syrup
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. Perfect Puree Blueberry (or make your own)
  • Top with ginger beer
  • Dash of nutmeg

Method: In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice except ginger beer.  Shake vigorously and serve on the rocks and top with ginger beer. Presentation: Serve in a wine glass with a lemon twist.

Sometimes you feel like a nut.

Almond Joy

  • 1 oz. Cazadores Reposado
  • 1 oz. St Germain
  • 1 oz. coconut puree
  • 2 oz. almond milk 
  • Cocoa powder
  • Shaved chocolate

Method: In a cocktail shaker combine all the ingredients with ice except cocoa powder and shaved chocolate. Shake vigorously. Presentation: Serve up in a cocktail glass. Finish with a dash of cocoa powder and shaved chocolate.

Get smashed with a smash. (Or just slightly tipsy.)

Cranberry Smash

  • 1 ½ oz. Cazadores Blanco 
  • ½ oz. Disaronno
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup

Method: In a cocktail shaker muddle mint and raspberries, add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake vigorously. Presentation: Serve on the rocks in a rocks glass. Garnish with lime and  fresh raspberries.

Now you have the start for a very intimate cocktail party. Or you can always come over to our place if you follow a couple simple rules.

As long as you promise to mask up and stay six feet away this holiday season, mi Caza es su Caza.

Cazadores Tequila Reposado, 750ml
$33 at reservebar.com
$32.99 at totalwine.com

Cocktail photos courtesy of Cazadores Tequila